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BC Among Top 2009 "Teach for America" Schools

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CHESTNUT HILL, MA (July 2009) –  Boston College is ranked #8 among the top 20 medium-sized (3,000-9,999 undergraduates) colleges and universities contributing graduating seniors to Teach For America’s 2009 corps (view chart here).

This fall, 35 BC '09 graduates will begin teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country.

Admission to the corps was even more selective than in previous years, according to Lorraine Anderson of Teach for America, with a record 35,000 individuals applying to join. At more than 130 colleges and universities, more than 5 percent of the senior class applied, including 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities and 8 percent of BC seniors.

This fall, 4100 outstanding recent college graduates, the largest national corps in the organization’s history, will embark on their classroom commitments and go on to become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity, said Anderson.

The 2009 corps earned an average GPA of 3.6 and a combined SAT score of 1333, and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates.